I started painting those white lines on the monster high's lips to make them look more realistic and light, but lately I've read comments saying they look dry that way. The first comments like that were really rude so I didn't pay much attention to them because they seems to be just haters, but then people kept saying the same with good manners and I started worrying about it, because those were real and respectul critiques, so I did this. I want to make the lips looks sexy and juicy, so I don't like the idea of them looking dry >< should I go back to my previous technique, without those lines? I tried to make them thinner, but it's so damn hard in such little dolls. Don't be afraid of give me your opinion as long as you are respecful with my work, remember critiques doesn't mean free insulting help me to improve!
The lines look great from a distance, though the lines are too jarring up close. The second looks great up close, but lack the complexity of the first. Maybe you could use smaller lines? Or maybe less contrasting colors?
I understand where you are coming from I think the idea you have is a good one, but if you want to do the lines to look more realistic, you should use smaller lines. They do happen to look dry when they have lines like that. Maybe if you want to continue using the lines without them looking dry, you could use thinner lines? maybe get a smaller tool to paint them on? :/ If not, I think your orignal design on the right looks nicer
I prefer the left, but is there some way you can blend it better? The white lines contrast so strongly with the orange-y lips. You could make the white lines a little thinner or add some different shades of orange and pink so it blends better? Sorry, I'm not really sure how the medium works on dolls.. I just started browsing your work and I have to say I love it <3
I *love* your dolls, I really do, but the lips do look dry with the lines, maybe you could try making it fainter? Because you're right, it does look more realistic with the lines. Maybe make the lines lighter and thinner?
ameb-loveFeatured By OwnerMay 8, 2013Student General Artist
If you do lines, don't pull them all across the lip or else they just look like stripes, I would try fading it thinner towards the outside of the lines and only focus lines really around the middle of the mouth. Also the lines would be to be much much thinner.
However, either lip is fine. Though particularly with these two photos, I prefer the left. That orangey color for the inside is to die for and make them look amazing.
Hmmm... If you want to make a dry-lips make up, better draw lines. They will make a soft and tender effect on the doll. But, if you are looking for a gloss-painted lips, then don't draw lines.
But, for a juicy lips, I think it would be better if you use your old technique, but, isntead of drawing circles, try to draw an small dot or oval in the lower lip. Try to not draw it very big or very small, and also not in the center of the lip, just in a side. Oh, and marking more the color of the lips would make it more realistic
This is just my opinion, but... hope I helped you!
I think the issue is that one a normal persons lips, the lines are formed because of shadows as there are indentations in the lips that give them texture. I might try the lines (as thin as you can) but closer the the lips true colors, and darker than the lips true colors to make shadows, which is more true to what you would actually see.
I like the un-lines lips. If the lines were much finer, they would look realistic. The lines on real lips are typically very fine, and while I see the look you are trying to accomplish, the lines are just too thick and too white in comparison to the proportion of the lips. But you have some very nice work.
I DO agree. They look rather dry that way. However, if you used less of a contrast, it would probably look better. They really could have been less rude about it, though. Oh, do you have a brush that makes thinner lines?
If you used a subtler contrast--closer to the lip color and darker than the surrounding skin color--it might work better and look less dry. But there are limits to what you can do at this scale, unless you find a way to make finer lines.
I like the lines, personally! It makes them look more realistic. If you want the touch of realism without them being mistaken for dry lips, maybe you could try using a more subtle highlight color and thinner lines?
In my opinion I would say without the lines ...But I think that the one with lines could also be very nice if you did it a bit differently ,maybe blend it in a bit more (easier said then done) Good Luck ! PS I LOVE LOVE LOVE the way you work, I am a big fan
You can go with the lines, just instead of using a lighter color for the lines use a darker one and try to make the lines thinner by using a thinner brush, then also line the edges of the lips to add an extra touch if you wish
You can still use lines, but white lines do indeed make the lips look dry. If you use some darker lines (darker as in a little darker than the skin tone) they would look a little more moisturized, I think c:
The lips on the left definately look a little chapped to me. I was thinking it even before I read your comments. On the other hand, though, while the ones on the right look much glossier, they don't look totally real either. Maybe if you did less lines, or just less obvious lines they wouldn't look so dry. For instance, real lips have lots of very faint lines; they blend with the color of the skin. I also know that lots of women paint their lips then only put gloss down the center of the bottom lip, to make it look fuller. So maybe you could experiment with that?